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Tarsar Marsar Lake Trek - 7 Days

Tarsar Marsar Lake Trek
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Of all the trekking destinations in India, you can excuse us if we’re a bit partial towards Kashmir, where trekking as an experience is on another tangent of beauty altogether. Amongst countless other stunning trekking trails, Kashmir is also home to the iconic Tarsar Marsar trek. The trek leads to three incredible alpine lakes, namely Tarsar, Marsar and Sundarsar. The trail coils through iconic meadows of Kashmir, stunning high altitude pastures and forests and pastures. The campsites on this trek sit right beside the surreal beauty of these lakes, and a sprawling sky studded with a million stars watch over you. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of an arm of the Milky Way in all its stellar glory. Besides the beautiful terrains, the beautiful mountain valleys and rustic villages of Kashmir leave you awestruck.

Trekking in Jammu & Kashmir is nothing less than a dream; Kashmir offers magnificent trekking destinations such as Kashmir great lakes, Tarsar Marsar lake trek. Waking up in the meadows of Kashmir on your trek to Tarsar Marsar is the lifetime experience for any trekker, Tarsar Marsar lakes trek it like a paradise in Kashmir trekking. Grasslands, the forest of pine trees and the fragrant in your Tarsar Marsar lakes trek will make you experience the most beautiful gift of Mother Nature.

Tarsar Marsar altitude is 13,500 Ft. the Tarsar Marsar difficulty level is easy to moderate, this seven days trek in Kashmir valley is so mesmerizing. Tarsar Marsar trek package is worth taking as Tarsar Marsar trek is one of the paradises amongst other treks in India. Tarsar Marsar Trek best time is between July to September, One can get more snow in July, and Trekking in Jammu & Kashmir is so astonishing and pleasant as it offers the beauty of Himalayas brightly. Tarsar Marsar trekking is the lifetime experience as passing each destination will lead you in the paradise, and when you meet the lakes that would be so wonderful, you will be able to get lost in the Mother Nature. The trek demands a fit body, walking through the pine trees that will be beautiful, and the perfect stillness of the lakes will be fantastic along with the camping beside the glacial lakes.

Difficulty Level :

One who has an experience of trekking can do it quite easily, even first-timers can do it as Tarsar Marsar difficulty level is easy to Moderate, but can get little tricky as there will be steeps and boulders at some places.

The patches with boulder can create a hurdle for beginners to trek towards Tarsar Marsar Lakes trek, but people with a decent fitness can trek to Tarsar Marsar.

Tarsar Marsar trekking could be the most magnificent and incredible journey for the trekkers amongst all the Trekking in Jammu & Kashmir.

Marsar Lake In June

Season :

The best season for Tarsar Marsar Trekking is from July to September; a trek to this admirable destination can be planned between these months as the destination glows the most, whereas in winters this dazzling destination is always wrapped into the blanket of snow.

The Destination offers the splendid view; the landscape is beyond imagination, the gigantic mountains wrapped with snow looks mesmerizing, and the green meadows are ultimate.

Enriched by the glory of nature Trekking in Jammu & Kashmir can be the best experience, where this trekking destination Tarsar Marsar is no doubt a delightful one.

Average Temperature :

During the daytime temperature will be 20 degree Celsius, and in nighttime temperature -2 degree Celsius.

One should bring enough pair of clothes and better quality trekking boots so that a trekker can be covered thoroughly and does not face any difficulty during the stay at this temperature.

There is a vast difference in the mountain temperature, and when it’s about the trek to Tarsar Marsar, so it might be possible that one can encounter a little difficulty during acclimatization.

Therefore, it is essential to bring all warm clothes, and that may not even affect the backpack too much.

Day 1
Srinagar to Aru (7,958 feet) (3/4 hours)

Day 2
Aru to Lidderwat (9,131 feet) (10 km) (6 hours)

Day 3
Lidderwat to Shekwas (11,039 feet) (5.5 km) (5 hours)

Day 4
Shekwas to Tarsar (12,449 feet) (5 km) (4 hours)

Day 5
Tarsar to Sundarsar (12,946 feet) (5 km) (5 hours)

Day 6
Sundarsar - Visit Marsar (13,201 feet) to Homwas (11,500 feet) (9 km) (7 hours)

Day 7
Homwas to Aru and Drive to Srinagar (13 km) (6 hours)

Day 1:- Srinagar to Aru base camp 

  • Drive:  Srinagar to Pahalgam 100 km to Aru 12 km (Depart Srinagar by 1-2 pm)
  • Transportation: From Srinagar to Aru is included in the cost
  • Altitude: 7,950ft
  • Time taken:  3 - 4  hours drive from Srinagar.
  • Stay: Overnight stay in tents
  • Remember to carry your ID proof in original and 2 photo copies as we have to submit them at the army check post.

You can reach Aru in 3 – 4 hours via Pahalgam which is 100 km away from Srinagar and from there Aru is 12 km more. You can reach Pahalgam through two routes, Bijbehra is the famous tourist route, and it is a beautiful drive through rural area of Kashmir. You will see trees and orchards along the way and in half an hour reach Aru, base camp of this trek. Reach there in the evening, set up your camps and spend your night in tents.

Day 2:- Aru to Lidderwat 

  • Altitude: 9,150ft
  • Trek: 9-10 Km / 5-6 Hrs
  • Trek gradient: Easy terrain, gradual ascent
  • Water sources: Carry sufficient water from Sonmarg. You will find sources along the trail to refill your water bottles.
  • Lunch: Packed lunch on the way
  • Stay:  Overnight stay in tents

The climb is long to reach Lidderwat at a distance of 10 km, start your trek through a village and follow course of River Lidder. The trail is wide and from there you can have the whole view of Aru. Reach Dalla a clearing, gentle trek starts from here through pine forest then you will come across Nandkei. After you cross the forest section you will reach open grasslands, there you can see families of Gujjars. After half an hour you will cross streams which are clear and the water can be used to drink, from here you can reach Lidderwat in half an hour. Start trekking through the forest of pines ascend and stare at the beautiful scenery that place offers. Now enter the fir forests and after some minutes of trek reach Lidderwat.

 

The Lidderwat have surpassing meadows and you can camp other side there is open space for camping and the streams are present on other side. Spend time exploring this place, it is hard to find such beautiful place for camping so enjoy and explore to the fullest and have relaxing stay in tents.

Day 3:- Lidderwat to Shekwas 

  • Altitude: 11,000ft
  • Trek: 5-6 Km / 4-5 Hrs
  • Trek gradient: Easy terrain
  • Water sources: You will find sources along the trail to refill your water bottles.
  • Lunch: Hot lunch at camp site
  • Stay:  Overnight stay in tents

Follow the course of River flowing along and take the trail through pine forest above. After a gradual climb continue trekking through forest of pine and some small clearings for 30 minutes. You will come across the Lidderwat valley, there are wide grasslands surrounded by mountains with some snow patches. The splendid valleys meet together and the trail goes upward and to the left are Bhakarwal shelters on the right of the river. En route come across small clear streams crossing the trail, you can refill your water bottles from here. Now, trek down the river and cross it with the help of boulders and further a bridge. By following the river continue trekking on the trail and after 30 minutes you will reach a wide clearing “Homwas”.

At Homwas you can see some huts of Gujjars, trek through a grassy area which is a relief to the feet. After crossing this section you will reach a narrow valley and trek along the river. Ascend for one hour and reach a point with a group of Silver Birch trees and amazing scenery. Reach a grassland beautiful and wide which goes to two soothing green valleys. Have a look at the meadows and pass through the trail with few Gujjar huts to reach your camping site Shekwas. It is an extraordinary ground with mesmerizing sights, spend your night here relaxing in tents.

Day 4:- Shekwas to Tarsar and explore Tarsar 

  • Altitude: 12,500ft
  • Trek: 5-6 Km / 4-5 Hrs
  • Trek gradient:Moderate terrain, continuous gradual ascent
  • Water sources: Carry enough water, only few natural sources are available
  • Lunch: Hot lunch at camp site
  • Stay:  Overnight stay in tents

The trail to Tarsar is through a ridge which has an overhanging stream and further it leads to the hill in front. Cross some short ridges opening to awe struck sceneries and after two hours of trek have first sight of Tarsar Lake. The sight will energize you to reach the alpine Lake, you have to cross a stream by hopping on boulders and reach the grassy field of Tarsar. It can be called a perfect place for camping, you can pitch your tents anywhere on the ground.

Camp along the lake, you will be mesmerized by the idyllic setting and it can easily be compared to heaven, the water looks clear bluish with a reflection of green. You will see some snow patches around and they feed the Lake.

Day 5:- Tarsar to Sundarsar 

  • Altitude: 13,000ft
  • Trek: 5-6 Km / 4-5 Hrs
  • Trek gradient:Moderate to difficult terrain
  • Water sources: Carry enough water, only few natural sources are available
  • Lunch: Hot lunch at camp site
  • Stay:  Overnight stay in tents

The other side views of Tarsar is spellbinding and the stretches of grassy valley will leave you speechless because they seem never ending and trekking on that valley is a real bliss. This valley leads to the meadows of Shekwas but mostly people descend from Tarsar until the Shekwas leads to Sundersar valley but climbing this pass saves 3-4 hours. Start descending through the shepherds’ trail which will take you to the middle valley. Walk along the stream on the beautiful velvet like grass. En route see Bakkarval shelters lying on left, the trail is behind these shelters through the boulder area. Further are lushest grasslands you will ever come across and amidst the meadows stream transforms into a large pond which is fed by the snow patches on the mountains.

 

It is a beautiful creation of God, cross this section in 30 minutes and come to the end of this meadow. Reach the base of ridge by crossing a stream with the help of boulders, ascend for 15 minutes through a narrow valley to reach the ridge top. Surprisingly a wide meadow pops in front with colourful bed of flowers. The views are enthralling from here end route of this trek is also visible and a trail leading to the mountains.

Follow the trail and reach beautiful grassy land of Sundersar Lake, here you can pitch your tents anywhere on the flat ground, camping here is a delight. Enjoy in the serene beauty of Kashmir and comfortably stay in tents.

Day 6:- Sundarsar - Visit Marsar and then to Homwas 

  • Altitude: 13,400ft - 11,500ft
  • Trek: 8-9 Km / 6-7 Hrs
  • Trek gradient:Moderate terrain
  • Water sources: Carry enough water, only few natural sources are available
  • Lunch: Packed lunch on the way
  • Stay:  Overnight stay in tents

Pass along the shores of Sundersar Lake to get far side and through two passes you can reach Marsar. Take the shorter trail and ascend through the boulder zone, be careful while ascending because there is snow over the boulder which makes this section tough. In 30 minutes pass can be reached which is an amazing grassland with gentle trails leading to the flat grounds below.

Reach the flat grounds and cross the small streams along the trail. Climbing to the ridge starts from here which offers heart racing view of Marsar. It is twin of Tarsar but remains hidden under the mist and clouds. Descend to Sundersar and reach there in 40 minutes.

Spend some time at Sundersar valley and get back to Jagmargi valley, witness the grasslands again and admire the natural beauty. Do not cross the Tarsar pass but go through the different trail to Shekwas, from here you can reach Homwas in 30 minutes. Reach there, setup your tents, have delicious food after a long trek and retire for the night.

Day 7:- Homwas to Aru and drive to Srinagar 

  • Altitude: 7,950 ft
  • Trek: 10-12 Km / 6-7 Hrs
  • Trek gradient:Continuous gradual descent till Aru
  • Water sources: Many water streams are available on the way
  • Lunch: Packed lunch on the way
  • Stay: Overnight stay in tents

The sights of today’s trek are beguiling and you can spot Kolahoi glacier on the way. Come across the Lidderwats pine forest, take a break at Lidderwat and then head for Aru. Now, Aru is 10 km away and you can reach there in 4 hours. Vehicles will be arranged for you till Srinagar.

Stay in Srinagar (not included in the cost). You will reach Aru in between 2-3 pm. You will reach Srinagar in between 7-8 pm

 

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Transport Srinagar to Aru Base and Back (Srinagar to Srinagar)
  • Food all along the Trek(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea)
  • Food as per menu on the trek
  • Accommodation. (Camping) (2 person in one tent)
  • Forest Permits/Camping Charges , if any
  • Tents, Sleeping bags, mats,Technical equipment
  • Safety Equipments.
  • First Aid Medical Kit(Your Trek Leader will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise to bring yourself for your own use, as far as possible)
  • Trek guide, cook, helpers, porters & mules for carrying common luggage.
  • Services of a Mountaineering qualified & professional Trek Leader.

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • Hotel Stay in Srinagar.
  • Meals during road Journeys.
  • Porter/Mull to carry personal luggage.
  • Insurance.
  • Any expense of personal nature.
  • Any expense not specified in the inclusion list.

Trekking Gear

  • A rucksack with rain cover
  • A water bottle or a hydration pack
  • A Hand/Head Torch with spare batteries
  • UV Protection Sunglasses
  • A trekking pole

Clothing:

Since it is a high altitude trek, at least 3 layers of clothing is mandatory. A full sleeve shirt, a fleece jacket, and a padded jacket are imperative. An additional layer (Thermal bodywarmers) for the evenings in the high altitude campsites are strongly recommended

  • Quick Dry Warm lower or Track Pants - 2
  • Full sleeves T-shirts - 2
  • Thermal Bodywarmer Upper & Lower - 1
  • Fleece Jacket - 1
  • Padded Jacket -1 (Goose down or feather is preferable)
  • Full sleeves sweater - 1 (Needed if you feel cold at high altitudes despite 4 layers)
  • Rainwear (Jacket & Pants) - 1
  • Thick woolen socks -  1 pair
  • Cotton socks - at least 2-3 pairs
  • Undergarments - 1 for every day of trekking
  • Pair of Warm Gloves - 1
  • Woolen cap - 1

Footwear

  • Hiking shoes (Preferably ankle high) -1
  • Pair of lightweight Slipper/Sandals - 1 pair.

Toiletries

    • Sunscreen lotion, lip balm, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, toilet roll, cold cream, small towel.
    • Anti-fungal cream: Carry an antifungal cream if you are sensitive to sweating and prone to skin irritations around genitals or groin area due to lack of bathing.
    • For women:
      • Tampons or sanitary napkins,
      • 2-3 zip pouches to dispose off non-biodegradable waste
      • Vaginal wash to avoid any irritation due to lack of bathing.

Miscellaneous

    • Water bottle
    • Camera (optional)
    • Personal medicine kit. Though our trek leaders carry a fully equipped first-aid kit, make sure you consult your doctor before the trek in case you have any special ailment.
    • Dry fruits, energy bars

Fitness Required for Tarsar Marsar Trek

At high altitude as the air gets thinner oxygen becomes less abundant.The percentage saturation of hemoglobin with oxygen determines the content of oxygen in our blood. After the human body reaches around 2,100 m (7,000 feet) above sea level, the level of oxygen in our hemoglobin begins to plummet. However, the human body has both short-term and long-term adaptations to altitude that allow it to partially compensate for the lack of oxygen.

The Tarsar Marsar Trek is an easy trek suitable for first time trekker with basic fitness

Flexibility

Another aspect that will help you trek comfortably is flexibility. For this, you can do some stretching exercises – stretch your hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors, lower back muscles and shoulders regularly. On your trek, it is important that you arrive on the slopes with your muscles relaxed. Carrying a backpack, however light, can become a strain after a while. These exercises will help you to be in good shape before the trek.

Breathing exercises

If you’re trekking to Beas Kund trek, note that the temperature drops to around -3 to 5 degree Celcius at night. During the day, the temperature will be at around 10 to 12 degrees. This extreme temperature could make breathing slightly difficult. Doing breathing exercises before the trek will help. Expand your lungs and learn to breathe deep. This will help you inhale more oxygen and help you breathe comfortably.

Fitness exercises

  • Jog/Run for 5 Kms in 25-30 mins or Walk continuously for 10 km (with 3-4 small breaks) on plain terrain (slight incline is better)
  • Hold your breath for 40 seconds
  • 3 sets of Climbing 30 – 40 steps in one stretch
  • Push Ups – 10
  • Lunges & Squats – 15 X 2 sets

The Tarsar Marsar trek by itself does not involve any risks. Trekkers often worry about the safety of trekking in Kashmir. On the Tarsar Marsar trek you go up to an altitude of 13,201 ft. You will be trekking and camping at altitudes above 10,000 ft on 4 days. It is possible that you could be hit by AMS on any of these days. If you have registered for this trek, then here is some information that you must know in order to have a safe trek. At SYTH, we believe that as long as you are well-informed and well-prepared, you can survive easily at high altitudes.

Monitoring health on a trek

Any abnormal reading will be paid special attention to and action will be taken immediately.

On the trek, your Trek Leader will be monitoring two aspects a day.

  • Oxygen Level
  • Pulse Rate 

High Altitude Medical Kit

Your trek leader will also be carrying a full-fledged high altitude medical kit. This will include basic medicines and specific medicines catering to altitude sickness – Diamox, DexamethasoneYour Trek Leader will also be carrying a portable oxygen cylinder throughout the trek. In addition to that, there are oxygen cylinders installed at all high campsites for any emergency situations.

Acclimatisation in high  altitude

This is one of the most important aspects of travelling in the high Himalayas and cannot be ignored or set aside. Acclimatisation basically means our body adjusting to lower levels of oxygen (rarefied air) & reduced air pressure as me move up. In case one does not acclimatise properly there are chances of the person facing extreme discomfort and this can be fatal in extreme cases. While there is no set route to getting properly acclimatised there are a general precautions and steps that one can take to initiate good acclimatisation.

By Air :- 
Most major air carriers like Indian Airlines ,Jet airways  and Indigo operate daily flights to Srinagar. Reaching Srinagar by flight from New Delhi is the most convenient way.

 

By Train:- 
Jammu is the nearest railway station to Srinagar, which is at a distance of 290 km. Jammu railway station is well connected to all major cities in India by rail. Direct train services are available from Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore and Trivandrum.

 

By Bus:- 
Srinagar is linked by the National Highway 1 A to the rest of the country. J & K state road transport operates comfortable buses from Jammu. The Journey takes about 10 hours to reach Srinagar.

Price From INR12,400 INR11,900/person
11,900
Total 11,900 INR

Trip Facts

  • Jammu and Kashmir
  • Easy to Moderate
  • 13,201 ft
  • Day time: 17°C-20°C; Night time: 3°C-4°C
  • 30-35 km
  • Alpine Meadows, forest
  • July to September. More snow in the months of July
  • 10-15 trekkers
  • Srinagar to Srinagar
  • Meals while on trek (Veg + Egg)
  • Camping
  • Katra, (KEA), Jammu Tawi ( JAT)
  • Srinagar airport

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